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A Tree Comes Crashing Down By Stewart Lytle, Reporter –––––––––––––––––

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Scott Martin surveys the tree top that came crashing down near Well No. 2.

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– NEWBURYPORT – What better place to celebrate the birthdate of the Irish saint than in a church. It is a lot safer and cheaper than your favorite Irish tavern. The Belleville Roots Music Concert Series will hold a St. Patrick's Day Spectacular featuring Photo courtesy of the performers. performers direct from Téada will perform at the Belleville Roots Ireland, Teada, Seamus Music Series. Begley and sean-nos (old style) dancer Brian Cunningham. Newburyport. Téada, one of Irish music's The performance will be held Thursday, March 15, at 8 p.m. leading groups on the international at the Belleville Congregational music stage, performs the timeless, Church at 300 High Street in Continued on page 3

ROWLEY – It took almost 14 months, but Scott Martin feels that Mother Nature has proved him right. On the last Sunday of February, the stiff winds out of the west that blew across the North Shore snapped off the top of a 100foot pine tree and sent a wooden missile that weighed a ton and a half sailing toward Water Well No. 2. It landed outside a chain link fence just a few feet away from a $50,000 emergency generator that keeps the town's Water Well No. 2 pumping if the gas-powered system ever failed. “If anything happens to (well) 2, the whole town is in trouble,” said Martin, the former chairman of the Rowley Water Board. “We'd be boiling water, trucking in water.” It is not that Rowley doesn't have more water wells. The town has three. But the water produced by the other two is not as clean as the water from No. 2. That is The Georgetown Royals gather after defeating Whittier Tech, 70-65, in Round One of the MIAA tournament on Continued on page 3 February 28th at Whittier.

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Food For Thought... Donald V. Little: Icon Of A Civilized America Many people will remember Mr. Little as the distinguished gentleman in his formal attire leading Myopia Hunt By: Kathryn O’Brien, M. Ed. members through Newbury, Rowley, Ipswich, Hamilton and Topsfield. Spectators of the events often stopped during their busy day to drink in the sight of a bygone era. They would wave and always smile. As welcoming as the sight was to the spectators it also warmed the hearts of the riders who were privileged to be riding with Mr. Little and given the opportunity to experience the feeling of an earlier, more genteel time when tradition was respected and honored. Mr. Little was a distinguished icon of an era almost extinguished. An era when honor and tradition were embraced and valued. A time when individuals were safe and America was civilized and kind. Donald V. Little reposed this week while participating in the Winter Events in Wellington, Florida. Many articles will be written about Don’s vast accomplishments in areas ranging from business to charities, equestrian pursuits and beyond. Donald’s incredible accomplishments were second to his personal contributions to the development of human spirits. He was a well-educated, multi-skilled gentleman who brought about positive change in organizations and individuals. When Donald placed his hand on any project, concept, idea or person, there was never a question about its success. D o n a l d ’s attitude was contagious and people rose to the occasion when working with him. In doing so people were able to get a glimpse of their own abilities, which usually exceeded their limitations. D o n a l d ’s confidence in the intelligence and creativity of others allowed them to bring about a positive change in themselves and their challenges. He believed in the problem-solving abilities of others perhaps more than they believed in themselves. He promoted and encouraged success for personal growth. His legacy is far greater than his accomplishments. His legacy is an opportunity for all of us to continue believing in the abilities he championed within each of us. The end of an era only occurs when no one else aspires to fill the void. Donald nurtured the gift of excellence in each person he touched. It is our turn now to honor him by living his spirit and growing his visions. We will always remember him fondly for all he has created. And now, we have a responsibility to learn from his greatness not only for our own end. We have a duty to ourselves to continue Donald’s legacy of excellence. Don passed his passion for visionary thinking and tireless energy to all of us. He has shown us how to move beyond our mental and physical limitations to live a fully-engaged life. His boots can never be filled. But we can all come together to continue his works on various projects only if we grow personally in his positive zest for seeking the next hurdle with anticipation and joy. Dying is to be expected, Living is a choice. --Kathryn O’Brien-Kathryn O'Brien is on the Newbury Agricultural Commission, a realtor at RE/MAX Village Properties and owner By the Way Farm, Newbury.

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To the Editor: This week, Mayor Donna Holaday made us proud by standing up for the residents and businesses of Newburyport and signing the resolution of concern regarding Seabrook’s relicensing that was recently passed by the Newburyport City Council. By signing, the Mayor made it clear that the Newburyport’s elected representatives stand shoulder-to-shoulder in their deep concern about our safety. Our local officials are to be commended for sending a strong message to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that the unabated groundwater infiltration and concrete degradation at the Seabrook plant that are causing the plant foundation to become more fragile must be fixed before the NRC relicenses the plant. If relicensing occurs in 2013 as planned, the NRC will have to rely on a paperwork promise from Seabrook’s owner, NextEra Energy Resources, that it will fix safety problems after the license is reissued. This will ease the motivation for NextEra to fix the plant and will deprive the NRC of the ability to monitor the fix on a sustained basis before relicensing. The shame of moving forward with relicensing is that there can be only one reason to rush ahead: it will provide NextEra’s investors assurance that the license extension is in hand 18 years before the current license expires. Some might argue that the relicensing process is exclusively a federal matter—outside local jurisdiction. Well, if Seabrook’s sirens go off warning us to evacuate, it will quickly become a local matter. Even if you believe our city could be evacuated safely—and very few of us think it can—what good will it do if we can never return to our homes? Ask the people of the Fukushima prefecture about that. Some will argue that those who have expressed concern about safety issues at the Seabrook nuclear power plant are exaggerating—the NRC refers to the plant’s deteriorated condition as of “very low safety significance”—but we must remember that it was the NRC’s inspectors who saw the degradation, ran tests on the weakened structures, characterized the degradation as “severe,” and admitted that it does not know the extent of the groundwater infiltration and concrete degradation at the Seabrook plant. Also, it is the NRC that admitted that the membrane that surrounds the plant’s foundation—which was supposed to keep out the groundwater—has not worked effectively since it was installed. It is outrageous that the NRC never required the plant to correct the membrane failure. The NRC Region I spokesperson says don’t worry because the rebar in the weakened concrete will protect us from an earthquake. We need hard evidence--not vague assurances. The Newburyport City Council had the vision to insist that the public deserves peer-reviewed engineering studies that demonstrate that the now-fragile concrete will hold up. Some might argue that the public would benefit from continuing with relicensing because the NRC will use an “iterative” process to bring the plant up to par. The NRC has had an iterative process in place – routine inspections – since the plant went on line more than 20 years ago, and these inspections will continue even if relicensing stops. However it is time for the NRC to get serious about enforcement rather than playing word games to rationalize why it has not taken action to force the plant to correct safety problems. The NRC dismisses enforcement because the plant is operating “within design.” Well, some of the design elements—concrete, membrane, earthquake worthiness—are at best questionable, and at worst, not working effectively. We do not see how that qualifies for a pass on an NRC inspection. Thank you, Mayor Holaday, and thanks again, to the Newburyport City Council for speaking up loudly and clearly on our behalf. You have acted decisively on the most important safety matter that has ever confronted our city. Bruce Skud (Newburyport) and Joanna Hammond (Newburyport business owner) For No More Fukushimas!

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traditional tunes inherited from previous generations of musicians. Since 2001, when the band landed a spot on the innovative Irish television show Flosc, Téada, has performed at major music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia. Téada, which means "strings" in the Irish brogue, emphasizes the structural intricacies of the music while preserving the energy of the reels, jigs and hornpipes. The group includes Oisin Mac Diarmada on fiddle, Paul Finn on button accordion, Damien Stenson on flutes, Sean McElwain on bouzouki/guitar and Tristan Rosestock on bodhran. They are joined for this performance by Brian Cunningham, one of the world's premier Irish dancers. Cunningham, who is in his 20s and comes from Connemara, County Galway, performs a form of Irish dancing called sean nos

or old style. Unlike step dancing, the upper body is not rigid in this style. There are no strict steps so the dancer can respond to the music. It looks a lot like tapdancing as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly did it. In addition to the music and dance, the event organizers are bringing in a large screen to project photos of Ireland. The concert will be held in the church's parish hall, which seats about 175. There will also be a question and answer session where the audience can learn more about the group, Irish music and dance. “It will be a very nice evening,” said Diane Croft, one of the event organizers. “When the music starts, there is such joy in the room.” The Belleville Roots events at the church have brought together neighbors, parishioners and music lovers, Croft said. The series has featured the von Trapp family singers and more recently a Cajun band to celebrate Marde Gras.

Teada was recruited for the series by church neighbor Ken Irwin, who has extensive music contacts, Croft said. Tickets cost $20 ($25 day of event) and $10 for children 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at Belleville Congregational Church Office, 300 High Street, Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Belleville Thrift Shop, Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon; Dyno Records, 1 Middle Street, Newburyport and online at concerts.php or bc. If available, tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event. For more information, email or visit: concerts.php. The Belleville Roots Music Series, founded in December of 2010, celebrates music ranging from blues, bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, country, folk, gospel, Irish, jazz and world music.

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why the town is spending millions in building a new filtration plant. But completion of that plant is at least two years away. “That is why I have been so pit-bullish about protecting it,” Martin said. “I can't emphasize enough how important No. 2 is.” A feisty, 50-year Rowley resident, Martin resigned as chairman of the three-member water board last year after about a dozen years of leading the department when he engaged in a months-long war with the town's Conservation Commission over the cutting of 28 trees near Well No. 2. On Jan. 14, 2011, Martin ordered the cutting of the trees that towered over the well. Because the trees were within a 100-foot buffer zone of wetlands, conservation agent Brent Baeslack ordered Scott to stop cutting trees. He refused, saying state law exempts water departments from the jurisdiction of the conservation commission when doing maintenance on its own property. The conservation commission disagreed and fined the water

department $3,050 for cutting the trees without a permit. The town commission also demanded that the town's elected water board bring in a wetlands expert to develop a plan for replanting the trees and restoring the area that was disturbed by the tree cutting. The war between the water department and the conservation commission escalated for months. The water department refused to pay its fine and voted initially to appeal it. The water board said it would hire its own attorney to file the appeal, but the Board of Selectmen, which sided with the conservation commission, said the water board did not have the authority to hire its own lawyer. By summer, the war was over. Martin had turned the reins of the water department over to Roy Ricker, who agreed to pay the fine and hire an environmental firm for $1,575 to tell the water department what trees it needed to plant to replace those cut down. Everything quieted down until the wind started to blow last month. Martin had warned repeatedly that the tall pines

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AMESBURY – Indoor Yard Sale Saturday, March 17th, 9AM-2PM, First United Methodist Church, 146 Main Street, Amesbury Support James _ Place Non-Profit Out-of-School Program 100% of the proceeds from the sale will go towards the Summer Field Trip Fund (978) 834 - 3009 -----------------------------------------------------------AMESBURY - Sparhawk School will host an OPEN HOUSE for prospective students and their families on Wednesday, March 14th, at both Amesbury campuses. 9-11am at the Upper Campus (High School): 196 Main Street, Amesbury. 4-6pm at the Lower Campus (PreK-8): 259 Elm St., Amesbury. This event will be the final open house for the 2012 enrollment season. Sparhawk School is an independent, PreK -12 college preparatory day school with a focus on academic excellence in a culture of kindness. For more information, check, or call 978.388.5354. We hope to see you there! -----------------------------------------------------------BYFIELD - Helping hands are needed for a Little River Nature Trail Clean up Party sponsored by the Parker River Clean For Water AssociationSale on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Volunteers should park at the Park& Ride lot on Storey Avenue and meet at the sign for the Little River Nature Trail across•the street. If parking spaces are full, park in the shopping plaza and use the sidewalk to the Trail sign. Bring gloves, clippers and loppers. Coffee, donuts and water will be available. Individuals and families with older children welcome. Garbage bags will be provided. For more information, contact Jerry Mullins, 978.618.9154 or e-mail at Inquiries about Parker River Clean Water Association and all they do to preserve this vital watershed • should be directed to George • Comiskey at 978.352.7364 or Parker River Clean Water Association, P. O. 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You will learn the following: How to minimize the effects of dangerous spots; How to maintain proper following distance behind another car; The safest ways to change lanes and make turns to busy intersections; Ways to monitor your own and others driving skills and capabilities; The effects of medications on driving; The importance of eliminating distractions, such as eating, smoking and cell phone use. After completing the course, you will have a greater appreciation of driving challenges and of how you can avoid potential collisions and injuries to yourself and others. You may be eligible to receive an insurance discout upon completing the course, consult your agent for details. This course is not connected with the Registry of Motor Vehicles in any way. This course will not effect your license or your ability to operate a vehicle. It is strictly designed as a benefit for driver safety tips. Upon completing the AARP Driver Safety Program classroom course, you will receive a certificate. You must have your license with you in order to complete the certificate. Cost for AARP members $12.00 Non members $14.00 - Please stop by Nichols Village to sign up, Mon thru Fri 8:00-4:00pm, Sat and Sun 10:00-4:00pm. You must bring a check payable to “AARP” in order to secure your spot no later than Wednesday March 21st. Nichols Village, 1 Nichols Way, Groveland 978-372-3930 -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) would like to remind interested members that the early bird discount on Crane Beach Parking Permits for the 2012-13 season ends on March 16th. Trustees members can purchase a parking sticker for just $50, now through March 16, 2012. After March 16, members can purchase stickers for $75. A 2012–2013 Crane Beach Parking Permit sticker will allow members (and everyone in their vehicle) to park at Crane Beach for no additional charge from May 1, 2012–April 30, 2013, offering a significant savings for frequent beach visitors. Members who purchase their parking permit stickers before March 16th will receive them in the mail in April. Parking permit stickers purchased after March 16 can be picked up at the beach in May. The parking sticker is available exclusively to Trustees members. Membership in The Trustees starts at just $47 per year for individuals ($37 for students and seniors). Individual members may purchase one sticker. Family members ($67 annual contribution) and Contributing members ($125 annual contribution) may purchase up to two stickers. Supporting-level members ($165 annual contribution) and above may request up to two stickers at no additional cost with their membership. For as little as $97, you can become a Trustees member and pay no additional admission fees at Crane Beach – voted best beach in Massachusetts by readers - for an entire year. Membership and admission fees help to support the critical work of The Trustees, including the ongoing management, maintenance and care of special places like Crane Beach and other remarkable natural and cultural resources on the North Shore and across the state. Crane Beach is among the world’s most important nesting sites for piping plovers, a threatened bird that was nearly hunted to extinction in the 19th century for its eggs and feathers. Crane Beach has been nationally recognized for its successful shorebird protection program. In addition to the piping plovers, Crane Beach also provides important habitat for rare plants, invertebrates, mammals, birds, shellfish, and finfish that live and nest among its tidal pools, coastal dunes and five miles of beautiful trails. For visitors who choose not to become Trustees members, beach admission prices remain at $25 on weekends and $15 on weekdays. After 3:00 p.m., all beach admission prices decrease by 50%. Members who choose not to purchase a parking sticker pay $10 at the beach gate on weekdays and $20 on weekends. To receive the maximum savings on visits to the beach all year long, The Trustees are encouraging members to take advantage of the early-bird discount by purchasing a $50 sticker before March 16, so they can enjoy a full year at the Beach for no additional admissions fees. Please note: Parking stickers will not guarantee parking. As in the past, The Trustees recommend arriving early on weekends and holidays, carpooling and/or using public transportation. For more details and information, please visit www.thetrustees. org/cranebeach. -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH – Ipswich Lions Club First PizzaFest on March 17th noon to 3 P.M. at Ipswich High School- route 1A in Ipswich. The Ipswich Lions Club, famous for its annual ChowderFest, is celebrating it first PizzaFest. Join the Lions club and sample Pizzas from many local restaurants. Cast your vote for the PizzaFest favorite. Bring the whole family and enjoy great pizza, children’s games, music, raffles and prizes. Free eye exams are available at the LIONS EYEMOBILE. All proceeds go to local charities and Eye Research supported by the Lions Club. $10.00 admission for pizza, drinks and activities -----------------------------------------------------------MERRIMAC - Break out your green and prepare to be Irish for a night! Join Merrimac Old Home Days on March 17th 2012 for an adult dance. The event takes place from 7-12 at the Moose Lodge in Merrimac. DJ, light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door.) You may reserve your ticket(s) by sending payment c/o Merrimac Old Home Days to: 2 School St., Merrimac, MA 01860. For further info., find us on Facebook or on the web: ------------------------------------------------------------

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• Sports • Sports Sports history of America in order that they may My young clients’ Mother just participate wisely in the preservation of Freedom. They worked long hours as the housing crisis developed. They took little time off as workers while many captains of industry lost titles. They shuttered at the debt that loomed like a monster over America even as they had kept their own finances in check. In recent years they have expressed a genuine fear that America will fall victim to that form of tyranny from which they escaped. Their fear can only be fully appreciated by those who have lived without Freedom. It is palpable and unmistakable in their eyes when they speak of it. I tell them not to worry but to stay vigilant. When Americans’ freedom is threatened, we make changes because we have the freedom to do so. Even as I know without question that real estate entails far more than the mere structures and acreage that transfers from one party to another, I am reminded of that fact with these young men. Real estate is about developing relationships around that which we hold most dear……..our homes……our property……our country. Last year my young clients and I sat at a closing table together as they purchased a large commercial and residential complex. I can still remember the listing agent’s face when I introduced one of the brothers at the initial showing. She clearly wondered how this young man would be in any position to make such a purchase and I just had to smile. Today I am scheduled to show my young Americans more properties. They are purchasing additional residential and commercial properties and I will watch for their dated car to show up when I get there.

happened to be waiting in their car one night last week as we walked out from viewing another property. When I saw her sitting in the passenger seat in the light of a street lamp, I stopped in my tracks. Over the years I had learned some of the horror stories through which this remarkable lady had lived. Against so many odds, however, her sons were living free and even after so many years, I had never met her. When I approached the car, she began to smile. When the door opened she got out and locked me in an unforgettable hug that means we are not strangers. As I began to tell her how much I admired the sons she had raised, my client said “My Mother does not speak English.” As his Mother kept repeating “Shendet” (thank you) I said “She speaks ‘Mother’ and I understand it full well.” Any parent and any American should be proud to see such labor bear such valuable fruit in America. Owning real estate will continue to be the American dream for all hard working Americans and our economy will strengthen because of the common thread that continues to run through us when our way of life is threatened. For the reminder of what makes us tick in our precious country, I will watch for my clients’ practical car today and say “shendet”. Janet Hilton is a former practicing attorney and critical care RN who with her husband retired Lynn Fire Lieutenant George Hilton owns and operates Country Crossroads Realty Associates at 28 Bay Rd in So. Hamilton. To reach Janet for any real estate question or need, you may call her at 978-468-5910 or cell 781-4054867 or visit www.countrycrossroadsrealty. com.


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EXHIBIT Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich will be open Sundays, Now to March 25, from 2-4 pm for the return of Lucy Myers and Terri Unger’s book and exhibit, “People & Place: Oral Histories and Portraits of Ipswich Seniors.” Each week includes a guest photographer, guest senior, storytelling at 3 pm, treasure hunt and more. An added feature will be a collection of “A Few of my Favorite Things”, or special objects that are emblematic of the lives of some of the seniors in the exhibit. Signed copies of the book are available for purchase. First floor Museum rooms BEAN SUPPER will be open for viewing. Call 978Bean Supper on 356-2811 for information or visit www. Saturday, March 10th 5:00-7:00pm Free to members at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 and children, $7/non-members and $5/ Washington St. Groveland 978 373-1270 seniors. Adults $7; Children under 12 $3 BIRDING THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COLE PORTER REVIEW COAST The Byfield Community Arts Visit this excellent place to see loons, Center is happy to be partnering with the grebes, diving and dabbling ducks, and New England Light Opera Company to wintering gulls with Steve Mirick, who present a Cole Porter Review on March literally wrote the book. Sunday, March 10. NELO is celebrating their tenth 11; 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Meet at the anniversary with a new Cole Porter Joppa Flats Education Center, One Plum review starring the original cast from Island Turnpike, Newburyport. $50. their first year. Led by artistic director Preregistration is required. Call 978-462Call Bill directly Mark Morgan, you will hear the cast 9998 for information about additional at"Begin 978-317-0760 perform well-known favorites the programs and events, or visit the Web site Beguine", "Another Op'nin, or Another at ats. office at Show", "Night and Day" and more! 978-462-1084 Saturday March 10 at 8:00pm Byfield BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS AND Community Arts Center, 7 Central BRUCH Street, Byfield tickets are $25 adults, Music by the trio of Beethoven, $23 seniors, $5 18 and under telephone Brahms and Bruch played by the trio of 978-463-3335 The BCAC is handicap Thomas Hill on clarinet, Rafael PopperBACK TO THE BEAN March 10th , 2012 "Back to the Bean" Ham and Bean supper "St. Patricks Day Addition" from 4:30 PM to 6 PM, Hosted by Bethany Lodge at the Masonic building on 31 Green Street in Newburyport MA. Cost is $8, kids 3.00. Also: Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Garden Salad, Cole Slaw, Brown Bread, roles, 3 kinds of Beans, pies, cakes, coffee, tea, soda, and hot cider Come for a fatastic home cooked meal, service with a smile, and an atmosphere like no other Ham and Bean supper would provide.

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NEWBURY - All parents who will have a child attending kindergarten in September at the Newbury Elementary School are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information meeting on Thursday, March 15 at 7PM (snow date is March 19) in the school auditorium. Children must be five years old before August 31, 2012 in order to be eligible for kindergarten. The kindergarten classrooms will be open for viewing starting at 6:45PM. At the meeting, information will be presented on both the half and tuition based full day kindergarten options as well as the screening and registration process. Kindergarten staff will describe the programs and curriculum. Staff and parents will be available to answer questions. Screening will be held by appointment on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, 2012. For further information, contact Kathleen Murphy, Early Childhood Coordinator, at -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURY - Why is nature a critical part of early childhood education? Why do we believe emergent curriculum is better for your child's developing mind? Join Our Secret Garden indoor/outdoor Nursery & Preschool’s Executive Director, Reverend Nancy Haverington, and Director/Lead Teacher, Ellie Dawson at OSG’s Parent Information Night, March 15 at 7:00PM, and hear the thinking that fuels this nature-based school. What: Parents Information Night - Why is nature a critical part of early childhood education? Why do we believe emergent curriculum is better for your child's developing mind? Where: Our Secret Garden indoor/outdoor Nursery & Preschool, 20 High Road, Newbury Tickets: Open to the public. More information available at -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - Newburyport Rotary Club's March Pizza Madness will take place on Sunday, March 18th from noon to 2 PM at Nock Middle School cafeteria. We invite 8-10 pizza vendors to participate in our event. The Club charges a $10 entrance fee and the participants can then sample pizza from the various local pizza shops. Prizes are awarded for best cheese pizza, best crust, best sauce and best specialty pizza. We also have a Kid's Choice and a People's Choice awards, voted by participants. Last year we served over 100 adults and children and we are hoping for a bigger event this year. Come join the all-you-can-eat fun! For more info, email -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT - On Thursday, March 15 and Saturday, March 17, Lindsay Crouse will give two talks on how to create happiness in daily life. The talks, scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., will be held in Newburyport at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Pleasant Street. Crouse opens the series, titled "The Engine of Happiness," on March 15 and will talk about the difference between actions taken with and without wisdom and compassion. She will show what it is to undertake a karmic path of action which, she said, is how to take control of your daily life. In the second talk, held on March 17, Crouse will focus on partnership and relationships in the workplace with answers to questions like: How do you create a beautiful partnership? How do you maintain the sweetness and harmony that was there in the beginning? How do you deal with difficult people in the workplace? How do you make peace with your family? Finally, how do you take love to the highest level? "So much of what happens to us seems random," said Crouse. "In the news every day we see war and violence, abuse, neglect and financial failure. At home, we have our own battleground - the pain we experience in partnerships, in our own families. We are overwhelmed, and easily lose our way. "In the midst of this, how do we make our lives work out?" she continued. "This class is about how to do a right action, and how to do actions that will be the cause of happiness for yourself and those around you. This is the time of your life, and it should not be wasted. Happiness is not random. You can be the master of your own happy life." The talks will be held at First Religious Society (Unitarian Universalist), 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts. Attendees do not have to be Buddhists. Everyone is welcome. Crouse was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1984's Places in the Heart. She is a life-long summer resident of Gloucester MA. Crouse is married to film editor and TV director and editor Rick Blue. Both are observant Buddhists and study with Lama Sumati Marut, a frequent visitor to Massachusetts. Every year, Crouse organizes a 6-day retreat at which Lama Marut, Blue and she teach. This year's retreat, called "Shoot the Moon: Diamonds, Hearts and Wild Cards," will be held at The Governor's Academy in Byfield from August 7 to August 12 ( -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT – Why Weight? Complimentary Healthy Dinner and Fitness Workshop Presented by: Dr. Jennah Dieter, Clinical Nutritionist & Hannah Horton, Personal Trainer on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:30pm at Healthcare Complete, 260 Merrimac Street, Newburyport. Why Weight? Seating is Limited…Reserve your seat today! (978) 499-9355 -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURYPORT – On Thursday, March 15, Salvation Army will be open to all for individual information interviews. Residents are welcome to come in any time between 4pm and 7pm with questions about support and services. If you do not know what you and your family may or may not be eligible to receive, we may be able to help you figure it out. We have information on fuel assistance, good neighbor energy fund, food stamps, Mass Health, WIC, Social Security and housing, as well as all the Salvation Army programs. We cannot sign you up, but we can answer your questions, let you know how, when and where to apply. We will often know if you are eligible or not at the first meeting and then can let you know what other programs you might try. This workshop is for working people, the unemployed or the underemployed as well as all others who are or are not currently receiving any forms of services. Newburyport Salvation Army, 40 Water St. For more information call Donna at 978-465-0883. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - All parents who will have a child attending kindergarten in September at the Pine Grove School are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information meeting on Thursday, March 8 at 7PM in the Pine Grove library. Snow date is March 12. Children must be five years old before August 31, 2012 in order to be eligible for kindergarten. The kindergarten classrooms will be open for viewing starting at 6:45PM. At the meeting, information will be presented on both the half and tuition based full day kindergarten options as well as the screening and registration process. Kindergarten staff will describe the programs and curriculum. Applications will be available for the tuition-based full day kindergarten program. Staff and parents will be available to answer questions. Screening will be held by appointment on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, 2012. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY – Council on Aging Upcoming Trips - May 16, 2012 - Wednesday - Johnson & Wales - Gourmet lunch and demonstration. Enjoy this unique gourmet luncheon, along with wine tasting and food pairing demo. Following lunch we will go to the City of Providence for an informative session; July 17, 2012 - Tuesday - Mt. Washington Summit - A modern diesel train will transport us to the summit of Mt. Washington - See the weather station, gift shops, old time steam trains - enjoy our exclusive buffet luncheon at the Peppersass Restaurant. Call Rowley COA 978-948-7637 for more info and reservations. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Rowley Public Library Book Donation Days – March 24th and April 28th. The Friends of the Rowley Public Library are getting ready for the annual Book and Bake Sale. We’ll be accepting donations of gently used Books, DVDs, and CDs on two Saturday mornings: March 24th and April 28th from 9:00am until Noon. Donations may be dropped off in the Library Meeting Room. We accept: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art, Gardening, How-To, Cookbooks, Hardcover, Paperback, Children’s Books including picture books, Young Adult titles, DVDs and CDs in their original boxes. No textbooks, encyclopedias, digests, magazines or VHS tapes please! 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Continued from page 11, or call Pam Jacobson, Library Director, at 978-948-2850. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - The Rowley Children’s Center – Open House – Thursday, March 22nd from 12:30 to 2:30 383 Main Street, Rowley. The Rowley Children’s Center is a developmentally appropriate private preschool. RCC offers a caring and nurturing environment, low child to teacher ratios and individualized attention. Our enrichment programs include but are not limited to: Sign Language; Yoga from Roots & Wings in Newbury, Music from The Music Connection in Danvers, as well as many community-connected Field Trips. Enrichment programs and many field trips are inclusive of our low tuition rates. Also available is a 25% sibling discount. Lunch Buddies and Extended Day available. Let us know your needs! Call the director, Nancy Garland-Wren at 978-948-7929 or email RCC “Where families and friendships develop and your child’s learning is a fun and enriching experience.” -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - All parents who will have a child attending kindergarten in September at the Salisbury Elementary School are invited to attend a Kindergarten Information meeting on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30PM in the school library. Snow date is March 13. Children must be five years old before August 31, 2012 in order to be eligible for kindergarten. At the meeting, information will be presented on both the half and tuition based full day kindergarten options as well as the screening and registration process. Kindergarten staff will describe the program and curriculum. Staff and parents will be available to answer questions. Screening will be held by appointment on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8, 2012. ---------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - The Pettengill House, Inc. is pleased to announce that its recently awarded grant from the Newburyport Society for the Relief of Aged Women (NSRAW) continues to serve the needs of low-income, at-risk, elder women ages 60 and up within the service area of NSRAW. Collaborating efforts between NSRAW and Pettengill have provided support services and interventions and emergency assistance supports totaling over $6,000. The NSRAW grant to The Pettengill House has also broadened further collaboration and support services to Elder Services of Merrimack Valley (ESMV), area Senior Centers and the more than forty local and state Pettengill partnering agencies. To qualify for this program, all female applicants must be 60 years of age or older, and reside in Newbury, Newburyport or Salisbury, MA.For further information regarding services, please contact Heather Penny, at The Pettengill House, (978)463-8801. ---------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - Salisbury COA Hilton Senior Center 43 Lafayette Rd Salisbury is open to all and presents the following opportunities. To register or for more information call the Hilton Center at 978-462-2412 “Silver Strength” Training, every Wednesday from 10:15am to 11:00am: Strength training to use mind and muscles to develop functional strength and fitness; instructed by Debbie Choate. No need to pre-register, just come join the fun and feel GREAT! Wish List: In keeping with the fun and benefit for everyone in our fitness classes, we are in need of a docking speaker system for an iPhone or android for music. We also need a portable projector for our educational and informational seminars. ---------------------------------------------------TRITON POP WARNER FOOTBALL & CHEERLEADING 2012 SEASON REGISTRATION - Triton Regional High School Cafeteria. All Registration Dates 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Wednesday, March 21 & Thursday, March 29; Age Groups: A Division 12-15 year olds, B Division 11-13 year olds, C Division 10-12 year olds, D Division 9-11 year olds, E Division 7-9 year olds, Eligible towns: Newbury, Rowley, Salisbury, Newburyport, West Newbury, Amesbury, Georgetown, Boxford, Groveland, Ipswich, Topsfield, Haverhill

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Health & Fitness Brighter Smiles...

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Last month, Boston Globe columnist Beverly Beckham wrote a column with the above title. I contacted Beverly and she gave me permission to reprint her column. Due to the size of my column, I am printing an excerpt from her original. I will tell him tomorrow. I will pick-up the phone and call his office and talk to his receptionist and say, “I have to cancel my appointment.” And she will say, “When would you like to reschedule?” And I will say….. What will I say? I am trying to break up with my dentist, and I don’t know how. I don’t want to hurt his feelings. We’ve been together for 30 years, longer than most marriages. “How about I tell him I’m moving?” I ask my friend Beth, who is the reason I’m in this mess in the first place. We were walking and she was laughing, and I noticed her back teeth. “How come you don’t have any fillings? Your teeth look perfect.” “ I used to have fillings. These are crowns.” I made her open her mouth. I peered inside. They didn’t look like Continued from page 9, 617-922-1831 or Marsha Bogart, phone 603-401-8134. TUESDAY, MARCH 13th FLYING WILD WORKSHOP Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a special hands-on, Flying Wild workshop for teachers and other educators on Tuesday, March 13th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. If you work with middle school audiences and are interested in helping students understand the importance of migratory birds and their conservation through classroom activities and school bird festivals then attending this workshop would be a feather in your cap. Cost for the workshop is $15 (includes light refreshments, Flying WILD curriculum guide, & supporting material). Workshop participants should bring a bag lunch, mug, and clothing for indoor & outdoor activities. To register for the workshop, please contact Pam Landry, MassWildlife, at (508) 389-6310 or A workshop registration form can be downloaded here: parkerriver/pdf/Flying_WILD_March_ 2012.pdf

crowns. I should have said right then, don’t tell me anymore. I should have blocked my ears and said I have a dentist. I like my dentist. I am not going to leave him. Who sees the inside of my mouth anyway? But Beth kept talking, and I kept staring at her molars and bicuspids thinking, wow. So I went to meet this dentist. It was just a consultation. Everyone should have a second opinion, right? Trouble is, I liked her. We clicked. Now I have to call the Man who has taken care of my teeth for three long decades and tell him I’m moving. “You can’t tell him that,” Beth says. “Why not? Maybe I will move.” “We’re not moving,” my husband says. Not too many years ago, I cheated on my hairdresser. A friend, as a birthday present, took me to hers. She watched gleefully as he cut and styled my wild hair and morphed me into a more refined rendition of me. I went back to him once, twice, maybe five times. And then I returned to my hairdresser. Why? Because I missed her. Maybe I’ll miss my dentist too. In the meantime, though, there’s now. The breakup. The fess up. The records that have to be transferred. The phone call that has to be made. “Yes, it’s me calling from New Zealand. We moved. It was sudden. I know, I know. I’m going to miss you, too.” I am sure that many of you can

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